Manjeet Rao, Ph.D., Awarded NCI, RO1 Grant to Test Efficacy of Novel Drug

Dr. Rao observing test tube

Dr. Manjeet Rao, Interim Greehey CCRI Deputy Director, was recently awarded a grant from National Cancer Institute ($2.1 million) to test the therapeutic efficacy of a novel drug that can inhibit the function of a protein that is highly expressed in cancers. Cancer cells use various mechanisms to manage their survival such as repairing DNA damage using alternative DNA repair mechanisms. Moreover, the ability of cancer cells to repair radiation or chemotherapy drug-induced DNA damage also serves as one of the mechanisms for therapy resistance. According to Dr. Rao, this drug can suppress the alternative (or rescue) DNA repair responses of cancer cells and therefore will have promising therapeutic outcomes. Furthermore, this drug has the potential to enhance the efficacy of the current chemotherapy drugs and prolong the survival of cancer patients.

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